National Pet Dental Health Month February 2014

Here at Dickinson County Animal Clinic PC, dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in veterinary medicine.

Many people do not realize how the teeth affect the rest of the body.  Animals with periodontal disease – which is an infection around the teeth – have bacteria entering their system.  This can cause infections in other areas of the body.  For dogs, especially the smaller breeds, this is often on the heart valves which leads to heart valve degeneration, causing heart murmurs and eventually congestive heart failure.

Cats more frequently have the bacteria settle in the kidneys, leading to kidney failure.

Brushing your pets teeth can help prevent dental disease.  We carry supplies to help with home brushing.  For dogs supplying chew toys or chew treats can also help.  Our staff can give advice on chew items for your dog.

If tartar is already present it will need to be professionally removed.  When cleaning teeth here at Dickinson County Animal Clinic we use anesthesia to insure that we do everything possible to clean the teeth thoroughly.  Once your pet is sedated the cleaning proceeds much like it would at your dentist.  We use an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments to remove tartar and plaque.  Once the tartar and plaque are removed we then polish the teeth.  Problem teeth are identified and treated appropriately.  Infected teeth often need to be extracted and antibiotics will be sent home to be administered by the pet owner.

During the month of February we will be offer $20 off dental scaling and polishing.  Dental kits will be available to the first 25 clients scheduled to have their teeth cleaned during the month of February.

Any questions do not hesitate to call our clinic  712.336.3709.